Fore Your Health
If you’re a golfer, nagging ailments might be mounting. In fact, 60% of golf pros and 40% of amateurs suffer a traumatic injury or overuse injury, according to a study — most often to the lower back, elbow, wrist, and shoulder. But with proper precautions, you can avoid agony and stay on the course:
- Improve your mechanics: Golf swings are very complicated. Improper rotation and extension of the body during the swinging motion can be dangerous. Have professional instructors teach you the proper technique to avoid injury.
- Don’t overdo it: Avoid overexertion and playing too much — more than 80% of injuries occur from overuse. Build your stamina with a golf fitness program that includes strength training.
- Focus on flexibility: Start with a light aerobic exercise for 5–10 minutes. Then do a series of stretches. It’s beneficial to stretch every day, even when you’re not hitting the links.
- Avoid the heat: Golfers face the risk of sunburn, heatstroke, and dehydration, especially in the hot summer months. Pile on the sunscreen, avoid alcohol, and drink lots of water.